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Aziz Ibrahim began playing guitar even before he could pick up a spoon.
Having spent his teenage years in an array of bands from Ragas to Rock, Aziz was
to have his first taste of music business success and excess whilst touring with
SIMPLY RED.The money and fame taught him nothing more than the value of
all things which he had left behindand he became very quickly tired of the
preening and posturing that went with a band of that nature.
Leaving Simply Red behind was the first step in an evolution that would see Aziz
end the nineties as one of the most gifted and talked about musicians of his
ilk. Then followed a brief stint as the only muslim in "THE CHRISTIANS'
and then the only Asian in 'ASIA' !
In 1996 he took a job which Noel Gallagher so aptly described as '...THE HARDEST
JOB IN THE WORLD...' Aziz replaced John Squire in the STONE ROSES. In the
following months, as the Stone Roses under the immense media scrutiny bestowed
upon them, Aziz quietly formed a friendship with IAN BROWN which would
later be the basis for 'Unfinished Monkey Business'.
'UNFINISHED MONKEY BUSINESS' was Ian Brown's first Solo Album, but more
importantly, it was the first time Aziz had been given full song writing
authority. From the psychedelic pop of 'MY STAR' to the haunting melodies of
'CORPSES', the world was finally served notice that Aziz Ibrahim had arrived.
Ian's Lyrics were given the perfect vehicle for success in Aziz's music.
It has been a long time coming, but we finally see the release of Aziz's debut
album LAHORE TO LONGSIGHT&Mac226; (and whilst still finding time to submit three
songs to Ian Brown's new Album GOLDEN GREATS'.)
The Album was recorded over the last 18 months at various studios around the
country, and boasts guest appearances from Paul Weller, Steve White, Andy Rourke,
Mike Joyce, Talvin Singh, Mani, Reni and Denise Johnson.
All tracks were produced by Aziz and barring a couple, were written, and
arranged by Aziz. The two co-writes on the album are the exquisitely titled
"Korma Coma" and 'Mummy's Boy'. The former written with his live band, Andy
Rourke and Mike Joyce, the latter Inspired by Reni.
Aziz is currently co-writing material with ian Brown for Ian's fortrhcoming